College Football

Dabo Swinney still chasing Steve Spurrier
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CLEMSON, S.C. -- By just about any standard, it’s been a defining run for Dabo Swinney and Clemson.The Tigers have won 32 games over the last three seasons, winning an ACC championship, a BCS bowl game and recording a pair of top-10 finishes in the polls along the way.

Hawkeyes seeking new heights in 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- No Big Ten coach takes the temperature of his team in spring practice quite like Iowa's Kirk Ferentz. No Big Ten coach has lived in as many different climates.

Thomas could shake up Auburn RB battle
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AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn’s spring came and went without a No. 1 running back establishing himself. Is it because Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant performed so well that deciding between the two proved too difficult for the Auburn coaches?

Yeldon still Bama's top running back
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Four touchdowns versus 14.Three hundred and eighty-two yards versus 1,235.Thirty-five carries versus 207.Two 100-yard games versus six.

New cast continues Buckeyes' chase
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Urban Meyer is always trying to find new ways to motivate his players.Last spring, he had a banner put up in the Ohio State field house reading “The Chase …” in reference to the Buckeyes’ championship pursuits.

No seniors on the FSU D? No problem
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State had the luxury a season ago of playing not only with future NFL draft picks all over its defense, but with senior leaders at each level.

UCLA's biggest recruiting win over USC
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UCLA's biggest recruiting victory in 2013-14 didn't involve a high school player.ESPN.com's recruiting guru Jeremy Crabtree has a nice story on how USC unsuccessfully tried to hire UCLA's ace recruiter and offensive line coach Adrian Klemm away from Westwood.

Texas fans raise funds, spirits for Santos
AUSTIN, Texas -- Dalton Santos made his plea Sunday afternoon. By Monday afternoon, his family's prayers had been answered and then some.The Texas linebacker took to Twitter to ask his fans and followers for help raising money for his mother's open heart surgery.

Take Two: Texas' starting QB in Week 1?
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This week's "Take Two" topic: Who will be Texas’ starting quarterback in the Longhorns’ Aug. 30 opener against North Texas?Take 1: Max Olson -- David AshWhen is the last time we saw David Ash at his best?

3-point stance: Peach back in style
1. The Chick-fil-A Bowl reached back into its history to change its name to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, and they didn’t do it out of fond memories for Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

ACC's lunchtime links
Your time-waster of the day: An oral history of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” One of the best stories on Clemson’s roster is looking to offer more inspiration on the field this year, writes Tiger Net.

Dabo Swinney still chasing Steve Spurrier
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CLEMSON, S.C. -- By just about any standard, it’s been a defining run for Dabo Swinney and Clemson.The Tigers have won 32 games over the last three seasons, winning an ACC championship, a BCS bowl game and recording a pair of top-10 finishes in the polls along the way.

Statement from Dabo Swinney on his faith
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Earlier this month, the Freedom From Religion Foundation lodged a letter of complaint to Clemson, charging coach Dabo Swinney and his staff with "unconstitutional behavior" at the public university.

WR Davis takes center stage in UNC offense
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There are differences between the two quarterbacks vying for the starting job at North Carolina, receiver Quinshad Davis said.With Marquise Williams, there’s a familiarity between passer and receiver that stemmed from extensive playing time together throughout last season.

Deacs' D-line lacks depth, experience
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Wake Forest defensive coordinator Mike Elko said a total of nine defensive linemen were available for the Deacs’ scrimmage on Friday.Total. Nobody sidelined with an injury.

Michael Dyer still behind on depth chart
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It seems like an eternity ago that running back Michael Dyer was named the offensive MVP of Auburn’s 2010 BCS national championship.While time has not diminished Dyer’s accomplishments -- 2,335 yards and 15 touchdowns during his two seasons at Auburn is still remarkable -- it has certainly diminished his place in the spotlight.

ACC's lunch links
Because you know you want to see Larry Fedora rapping Drake lyrics… The whistle-blower who exposed academic fraud at North Carolina will resign at the end of the semester, writes the Charlotte Observer.

No seniors on the FSU D? No problem
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State had the luxury a season ago of playing not only with future NFL draft picks all over its defense, but with senior leaders at each level.

Strong man Hickey anchors Syracuse line
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The strongest man on the Syracuse roster has spent the winter and spring getting, well, stronger.He had to.Left tackle Sean Hickey went through the NFL draft evaluation process, eventually opting to return to school for his senior season after being graded anywhere from a third-to-fifth round selection.

FSU loses money on title game
Florida State won its third national championship in Pasadena, Calif., in January, but the appearance in the final BCS title game also cost the university nearly a half-million dollars.

Big 12 lunchtime links
Played pick-up basketball last night... and lost all six games. Texas coach Charlie Strong is a little too honest for his fanbase, in the opinion of the Dallas Morning News' Kevin Sherrington.

Q&A: Kansas State center B.J. Finney
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B.J. Finney epitomizes the Kansas State era under coach Bill Snyder.Finney arrived in Manhattan, Kan., as a walk-on, earned a scholarship, then started 39 games at center for the Wildcats while becoming a first-team All-Big 12 performer.

Film review: Tyrone Swoopes' spring game
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Calling Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes’ performance in the Orange-White spring game “inconsistent” or “up-and-down” doesn’t suffice.

OU's Flowers makes great first impression
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' words are a small glimpse into the Sooners’ approach on the recruiting trail, which has helped land them several players who outperformed expectations during his tenure in Norman, Okla.

Briles unfazed by Texas LB's 'trash' talk
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Baylor coach Art Briles finally got his chance Tuesday to respond to Texas linebacker Steve Edmond's rantings against Baylor.Three days after Edmond told reporters after the Orange-White spring game that, among other things, "I really don't like Baylor.

Weis explains why he named Cozart starter
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The Jayhawks went into spring ball with three quarterbacks in the mix for the starting job.They came out with one.After the conclusion of spring ball last week, Kansas named sophomore Montell Cozart its starter.

Big 12's lunch links
The Grizzlies eventually won, but this shot was insane. Texas coach Charlie Strong's tour of the Lone Star State began in TCU country. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevenson had the details.

Texas fans raise funds, spirits for Santos
AUSTIN, Texas -- Dalton Santos made his plea Sunday afternoon. By Monday afternoon, his family's prayers had been answered and then some.The Texas linebacker took to Twitter to ask his fans and followers for help raising money for his mother's open heart surgery.

Take Two: Texas' starting QB in Week 1?
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This week's "Take Two" topic: Who will be Texas’ starting quarterback in the Longhorns’ Aug. 30 opener against North Texas?Take 1: Max Olson -- David AshWhen is the last time we saw David Ash at his best?

Big 12 recruiting update: 2015
With spring football all wrapped up, college coaches are back on the road recruiting from now until May 31. Here’s an update on where the Big 12 classes stand entering the spring evaluation period.

Recruit and return: UCF Knights
You won’t find UCF in the top 40 of the class rankings, but the Knights currently rank at No. 6 in the American Athletic Conference rankings. After the Knights’ 52-42 victory over Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, here’s a look at how UCF has done on the recruiting trail and what it will need to do moving forward to capitalize on its BCS win.

Chat wrap: College GameDay
Join our ESPN.com college football experts as they preview Saturday's matchups.Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 9 a.m. ET. See you there.

Unfamiliar foes: USF
Our series taking a team-by-team look at the marquee nonconference faces the future American Athletic Conference will see in the fall ends today with USF.

Big East lunchtime links
Have a great weekend! The No. 1 player Paul Dehner Jr. says has to develop for Cincinnati this season is .... Louisville picked up two commitments Thursday.

Aresco looks to the future of the American
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When the calendar turns to July 1 on Monday, the American Athletic Conference officially begins operations.It has been a turmoil-filled two years for the league no longer known as the Big East.

Rising stock of Teddy Bridgewater
The 2013 college football season has the potential to be one of the greatest quarterback classes ever. Eight of the top 10 teams in last year’s final AP Poll return their starting quarterbacks, and every conference except the Big 12 returns either their first- or second-team quarterbacks from last season.

Big East mailbag
Coming at you one day early.Bigg Edd Gladney in Somerset, N.J., writes: Since Pitt will not let Shell return to the team, would it be a good idea for Rutgers or Temple to make a play for him (since he wants to be on the East Coast, close to his daughter and family)?

Big East lunchtime links
Plenty of recruiting news. Receiver Johnny Holton needs to step up for Cincinnati this year. Former Louisville linebacker Otis Wilson is set for induction into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame on Friday.

Unfamiliar foes: UConn
Our series taking a team-by-team look at the marquee nonconference faces the future American Athletic Conference will see in the fall continues today with UConn.

Unfamiliar foes: UCF
Our series taking a team-by-team look at the marquee nonconference faces the future American Athletic Conference will see in the fall continues today with UCF.

Big Ten lunch links
I want to share something with you: The three little sentences that will get you through life. Number 1: "Cover for me." Number 2: "Oh, good idea, Boss!

Hawkeyes seeking new heights in 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- No Big Ten coach takes the temperature of his team in spring practice quite like Iowa's Kirk Ferentz. No Big Ten coach has lived in as many different climates.

New cast continues Buckeyes' chase
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Urban Meyer is always trying to find new ways to motivate his players.Last spring, he had a banner put up in the Ohio State field house reading “The Chase …” in reference to the Buckeyes’ championship pursuits.

Big Ten Tuesday mailblog
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Prime-time schedule angst? Oh, there's plenty. The floor is yours.Follow us.Jackie from NYC writes: I think the biggest loser in the prime-time schedule is Melvin Gordon.

Ohio State adds Bama transfer at center
When I visited Ohio State late in its spring practice session, coach Urban Meyer cited the offensive line "as a very big concern."That was no surprise, since the Buckeyes lost four starters off a group that had been the best offensive line in the Big Ten for the past two seasons.

Assistant wants to unleash PSU D-line
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The past few years have brought historic changes at Penn State, from the men occupying the head coach's office to the names occupying the backs of the Nittany Lions' jerseys.

Big Ten's lunch links
Just make me an offer, Culver's. Indiana bought out its 2015 and 2016 games against South Florida and replaced them with Florida International in a move to lighten the schedule.

BTN selects six prime-time games
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Last week at this time, you learned the six prime-time games to appear on ABC/ESPN this fall. Now the Big Ten Network is up to bat.BTN has selected six games to appear in prime time this fall.

Fact or fiction: B1G coaches' hot seats
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Last week, in response to a mailbag question from reader and Rutgers fan Ed, I came up with a hot-seat ranking for all the coaches in the Big Ten.That list sparked a bit of discussion in some places, notably Nebraska.

Pac-12 recruiting roundup
It’s been about a month since we last checked in on the recruiting front. The Bears have gotten on the board with two commits in the last week, ASU added a hometown quarterback, UCLA added a third ESPN 300 player, the Trojans picked up a commit from the No.

Considering the 2012 coaching class
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The Pac-12 replaced a third of its coaches prior to the 2012 season. Half of the Pac-12 South changed skippers, with Rich Rodriguez going to Arizona, Todd Graham to ASU and Jim Mora to UCLA.

Whittingham focuses on QB, turnovers
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Many Utah fans are grumpy after consecutive losing campaigns. After the Utes won 33 games over their final three seasons in the Mountain West Conference, they have won 18 in their first three in the Pac-12.

Mailbag: I anoint thee quarterback
Welcome to the mailbag, where no question is dumb. Except for the dumb ones.Jaime in Los Angeles writes: Your poll was interesting about anointing a quarterback.

Lunch links: Remembering Tillman
There's a tiny door in my office, Maxine. It's a portal and it takes you inside John Malkovich. You see the world through John Malkovich's eyes... and then after about 15 minutes, you're spit out .

Ball security in the Pac-12
Teams that commit the fewest turnovers generally win more football games. Teams that turn the ball over frequently generally lose more football games. These are fairly safe axioms to live by, because more often than not they hold true.

UCLA's biggest recruiting win over USC
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UCLA's biggest recruiting victory in 2013-14 didn't involve a high school player.ESPN.com's recruiting guru Jeremy Crabtree has a nice story on how USC unsuccessfully tried to hire UCLA's ace recruiter and offensive line coach Adrian Klemm away from Westwood.

Returning leaders: Pass happy in 2014?
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The biggest theme for the Pac-12 in 2014? Passing, passing, passing.As you surely know if you frequent the Pac-12 blog -- typically considered the University of Oxford of the Internet -- we've been typing pretty regularly about the returning QB talent in the Pac-12.

SEC lunchtime links
The Washington Wizards lead the Chicago Bulls 2-0 in the NBA playoffs. Never in my life thought did I think this day would come. Remember Michael Dyer's freshman campaign at Auburn?

Thomas could shake up Auburn RB battle
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AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn’s spring came and went without a No. 1 running back establishing himself. Is it because Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant performed so well that deciding between the two proved too difficult for the Auburn coaches?

Yeldon still Bama's top running back
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Four touchdowns versus 14.Three hundred and eighty-two yards versus 1,235.Thirty-five carries versus 207.Two 100-yard games versus six.

Defense grade incomplete after A-Day
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AUBURN, Ala. -- What’s the adage? Offense wins games, but defense wins championships. Well, after Nick Marshall and the first-team offense put up 44 points in the first half of Saturday's spring game, it’s clear that Auburn has enough firepower to win games.

UF spring cleaning: What's next for VH3?
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Editor’s note: With Florida’s spring practice now in the rear-view mirror, we’ll clean out the notebook this week and touch on a few remaining topics.

Three-star 'stars' in the SEC
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It’s not always about the four- and five-star prospects.Plenty of three-star (and lower) prospects go on to highly successful careers in the SEC.

SEC's lunch links
So after all that, Kevin Durant made this insane shot ... and lost? Ouch. Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland explains how this year's defense is different than in years past.

Tide D-line shows strength, depth at A-Day
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- A-Day might not have featured the finest quarterback play. It might not have been the introductory moment offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin was hoping for, either.

What's next in LSU position battles?
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LSU’s spring practice ended two weeks ago, leaving a full 15 weeks before the Tigers return to the practice field.The position battles that started in the spring will continue through summer workouts before resuming in front of coaches in August.

Slive outlines plan for subdivision
AMHERST, Mass. -- Patience, like big, quick defensive linemen, is in short supply in intercollegiate athletics these days.The public sees billions flowing into the five major conferences and has decided that the faucet isn't working so well for the student-athletes.


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